Today, Islam has been presented as the religion of hatred, cruelty and darkness. Thanks to our Wahabi brothers and Western community for degrading Islam! The two main evident sources to degrade and show a wrong picture of Islam is the western community and the wahabi sect of Islam. You can read an old interview of Stephen Schwartz with Kathryn Jean Lopez on the topic The Good & the Bad. The reason why Ahl-e-Hadees changed their name to Wahabi is that they never followed any Hadith. But every Wahabi and every person from the Western Community is not wrong. Still the average population of Wahabi sect and the Western Community is destroying Islam. I hope Pakistani Wahabis are less dangerous as compared to the foreign Wahabis.
Actually, Islam is not as strict as Wahabis have shown to invite their ally Western Community to criticize on it. Let’s only talk about the Perda/Perde (پردا) issue. There are very clear verses in the Holy Qur’an telling about this matter in Chapter # 24:
قُلْ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ يَغُضُّوْا مِنْ اَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوْا فُرُوْجَهُمْ ۭ ذٰلِكَ اَزْكٰى لَهُمْ ۭ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ خَبِيْرٌۢ بِمَا يَصْنَعُوْنَ
وَقُلْ لِّلْمُؤْمِنٰتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ اَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوْجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ اِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلٰي جُيُوْبِهِنَّ ۠ وَلَا يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ اِلَّا لِبُعُوْلَتِهِنَّ اَوْ اٰبَاۗىِٕهِنَّ اَوْ اٰبَاۗءِ بُعُوْلَتِهِنَّ اَوْ اَبْنَاۗىِٕهِنَّ اَوْ اَبْنَاۗءِ بُعُوْلَتِهِنَّ اَوْ اِخْوَانِهِنَّ اَوْ بَنِيْٓ اِخْوَانِهِنَّ اَوْ بَنِيْٓ اَخَوٰتِهِنَّ اَوْ نِسَاۗىِٕهِنَّ اَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ اَيْمَانُهُنَّ اَوِ التّٰبِعِيْنَ غَيْرِ اُولِي الْاِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ اَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِيْنَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوْا عَلٰي عَوْرٰتِ النِّسَاۗءِ ۠ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِاَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِيْنَ مِنْ زِيْنَتِهِنَّ ۭ وَتُوْبُوْٓا اِلَى اللّٰهِ جَمِيْعًا اَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُوْنَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُوْنَ
(24:30) Direct the believing men to keep their eyes always lowered and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely Allah is Well Aware of the (works) which they are busy doing.
31. And direct the believing women that they (too) must keep their eyes lowered and guard their chastity, and must not show off their adornments and beautification except that (part of it) which becomes visible itself. And they must keep their veils (and head-coverings) drawn over their chests and breasts (too), and must not display their adornments (to anyone) except their husbands, or their fathers or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers or the sons of their brothers or the sons of their sisters, or (the women of) their (own faith, the Muslim) women or their female slaves or such male servants as are free from any lust and sexual urge, or the children who (being minor) have (yet) no sense of women’s private parts. (They too are exceptions.) Nor must they (while walking) strike their feet (on the ground in such a manner that ornaments jingle and) thus get revealed and known which they are keeping hidden (under the command of Shari‘a). And turn to Allah all of you in repentance, O believers, so that you may prosper (by implementing these Commandments).
The person who want to criticize will always try to find defects in these verses and he will try to call it the “cruel rule” of Islam or the “dark rule” of Islam. Here, if you just see with open eyes, before commanding the believing women to observe Perde, the believing men are commanded to observe the Perde.
The Parda of men is to keep their gazes low and protect their private parts. I hope this is not cruel. If you go beyond this, you’ll become unsocial like the animals of jungle. The non-Muslims don’t feel anything even if someone come to their daughter, fulfill his lust and go away. This is the rule of animals of jungle. But Muslims, especially the South-East side, feel bad if any one look to their daughter with a bad eye because they think their daughters as a part of them. Holy Prophet ﷺ said that Fatima (SA), daughter of Holy Prophet ﷺ, is a part of him and whoever hurts her will actually hurt him and whoever hurts him will actually hurt Allah (swt). So, we, Muslims, don’t treat our children like animals. Animals leave their children in the jungle of cruel rules to wander and find their own way and live their own life. Animals only care for their children until they don’t learn to walk alone.
The Parda of women comes after men and it is explained in more details. If you just read the verse, there is a long list of people in front of whom a believing women don’t have to observe the Perde. The list include all the near relatives, all the women and all those men who either don’t know about private parts of women or are free from the lust of sexual urge. Now, what is left behind? Only the men with sexual urge and the grown up children who know about the private parts of women. Is it wrong? I don’t think so. You have a full freedom to not observe Perde in front of your family, your friends and even non-friend women. What do you need more?
Perda have many categories. The more you observe Perde, the more modest you are. Holy Prophet ﷺ commanded extra Perde for his wives and children. The last boundaires of Perda are very clearly defined in the verse 31 “must not show off their adornments and beautification except that (part of it) which becomes visible itself.” Now, the traditions tell us the visible part includes face, hands and feet. Now you can not even blame a believing woman to be a terrorist hiding his/her face. If you need to investigate any case, you can see the face of a believing woman and even you can take her fingerprints? What’s left behind? Still cruel Islam? Or still these verses are interpreted wrongly?
One question might arise in your mind that Muslim woman cover her head and whole body, but what about the face, hands and feet? Would they not attract you towards the sexual urge? Let me remind you that both of the verses, mentioned above, clearly states that both, the believing men and believing women, should keep their gazes low. If both of them keep their gazes low and do not have any face/eye contact, how can this possibility occur?
If you say, why the believing woman should cover her arms and legs? So, my question is that why you want to see the arms and legs of someone who is not related to you? For sexual lust? Is this is what your religion teach? Isn’t this a jungle rule of animals? Secondly, when a Muslim woman covers her body, you criticize it, but when a nun or a Princess of England cover her body, why you don’t criticize it? Instead, if, to-be-princess Kate Middleton don’t wear a Royal Dress, you criticize her. Why this totally opposite rule for a Muslim and a non-Muslim? See the news by Yahoo! Kate Middleton criticized for wearing sheer blouse: How will her style have to change as a princess? “When we think of royal women we picture long, ladylike coats, fancy hats, and elegant cocktail dresses. What we don’t conjure up: jeans, miniskirts, leather jackets, and sheer tops.”
Why do you have this distinction between a Royal Family Member and an ordinary public member? Do you think them to be greater in status than you? Still you claim your teachings as more peaceful and greater than Islam teachings while Islam teaches that everyone is equal in the sight of Allah, the Almighty. Only that person have a higher status who is more pious (observe TAQWA). Who is greater now?
Allama Iqbal said about HIJAAB
عزت ہے محبت کی قائم، اے قیس حجابِ محمل میں
محمل جو گیا، عزت بھی گئی، غیرت بھی گئی، لیلا بھی گئی
Secondly, if you think the Royal Family Members to be superior, then, what you think about them is superior in your sight. If you think that a Royal Family Member should cover his/her full body in public, then this must be the superior rule in your sight. Then why you criticize Islam for the same rule? Just because it was given 1400 years ago? Just because Islam gave Light to the dark world too early when Science was buried in dark caves. Who explore laid the bases of sciences and who discovered the science of old scientists and presented it to the world? Those were the Muslims when they ruled Greece. The base of every science was laid by Muslims because they explore Science in the light of Qur’an.
Islam says that man and woman are equal but not in the way as you people say. Islam have given a specific field where the man is ruling individually, the woman is ruling individually and the field where both rule equally. If you think that woman is given the house, and that’s why house is nothing to be considered other than a cell of jail, you are like the person in the story Overcoat.
At last, I’ve a question for you: If you still think that you are satisfying your statement “Men and Women are equal”, then can you tell me the reason for different men and women teams in sports? Why they are not equal? Why you don’t put men and women equal in every field? You say that women are superior to men because men don’t have another X chromosome in their sex chromosome. Can you tell me how women can live without a single man living in the community? They’ll fulfill their desires from other women and animals and this act has already invited the foreign diseases in humans. This act is condemned in the Bible.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.” (Romans 1:22-27 American Standard Version)